Priority Adaptations to Climate Change or Fisheries and Aquaculture in Vanuatu

This document summarises the outputs from a workshop held on 30 and 31 May in Port Vila by theVanuatu Fisheries Department, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), SPC/GIZ-CCCPIR andAusAID. The workshop was designed to assist stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture sector toidentify the best adaptation strategies and supporting policies for minimising the risks posed by climatechange to the plans that Vanuatu has to maximise the sustainable benefits from the sector. These plansaim to (1) provide enough fish for food security, (2) optimise the number of livelihoods that can be basedon fisheries and aquaculture, and (3) maximise the sustainable benefits from tuna for economicdevelopment. Adaptations were also identified to capitalise on the opportunities expected to eventuatefrom climate change.The plans to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture contribute their full potential to food security arebased around providing access to at least present-day average levels of fish consumption (20 kg perperson per year) as the nation’s population grows (Figure 1). However, measures needed to increaseaccess to fish to provide up to 35 kg of fish per person each year, as recommended by SPC’s PublicHealth Division (Figure 1), were also considered. 

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